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REDUX


Over four billion people wear spectacles around the world. Every year, countless frames and lenses end up broken and, rather than being repaired, are simply left to landfill. It is our belief that a more sustainable approach to consumption is needed.

To tackle this global issue, we aim to:
1. Make frames that last
2. Reduce our impact on the planet
3. Change the industry for the better

For a more detailed explanation of the three efforts above, keep reading. 

Making frames that last

We create frames that focus on functionality and durability, that can easily be serviced, reglazed, and repaired. 

Frame rehab

We offer every Cubitts customer a complimentary frame rehab after their first year of frame ownership, which includes a thorough cleaning and a complimentary adjustment.

Learn more about frame rehab here.

Repairs and adjustments, forever

We will always favour repairing a frame over replacing it. All of our stores have on-site repair workshops, and our frames are made in a way that makes them much easier to service and repair than most. 

Browse all of our services here.

Reducing our impact

We aim to minimise wastage across our supply chain by finding alternative and innovative materials, recycling options, and better production methods.

Frames

We use cellulose acetate from Italian firm Mazzucchelli to make our frames. It’s a semi-synthetic material made from wood pulp and cotton that is resilient and perfectly suited to making spectacle frames that last. It is, however, a plastic. And while plastic is not bad per se, our ongoing initiatives to reduce the impact of our materials include:
1. Exploring other industries that can use our offcut waste. This includes donating our acetate offcuts to artists and designers that can repurpose them into something new.
2. Finding new materials with increased circularity or recyclability, including those launched in our REDUX collection of frames, made using plastic alternatives. While we haven’t found one that lives up to our standards of resilience and repairability, we’re hopeful we’ll find one soon.

If you have a suggestion for any of the above issues we’ve identified, you think there’s something we’re missing, or you’d like to use our offcuts in your craft or industry, please drop us a line at redux@cubitts.com.


Lenses

Lenses are incredibly wasteful, from the 'dummy' lenses that keep our frames in their shape when in transit, to the amount of material that gets discarded when they're being glazed to fit frames.

We’re working on something exciting for our lenses. Check back here soon for more information.

Accessories

We are eliminating single use packaging throughout our supply chain, including the packaging that comes with our accessories.

Our cleaning cloths are made from Repreve, a material made from recycled plastic bottles, and our soon-to-be-launched tote bags use cotton from The Better Cotton Initiative, which works to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in, and better for the sector’s future.


Our carbon footprint

We’re not just looking at the side of sustainability that faces you as a customer purchasing our products, we’re also looking at reducing our environmental impact across our entire business. 

We started working with The Planet Mark in early 2020 to measure and reduce our carbon footprint. First, we’re measuring the 2019-2020 financial year, which ended in March 2020. Once our footprint has been measured, we’ll share information here on the measures we’ll be taking this financial year to reduce it, with the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. Check back soon to learn more about the changes we’re making.


Changing the industry, for the better

We want to change the spectacles industry by making repairs and servicing standard, and encouraging a more sustainable approach to spectacles.

Frame donation and recycling

We donate our unsold stock to eye health charities in Kenya and Ethiopia. Anyone can drop off their old frames to be donated too, whether Cubitts or not, in any of our stores or by post to Cubitts, 97 Caledonian Road, London N1 9BT. 

Get in touch to make your frame donation.

B Corp certification

We are working towards becoming a B Corp certified business. B Corp evaluates and certifies businesses that meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. 

Technology

We’re on a mission to eliminate stock obsolescence by launching our new app, HERU. Our goal is to one day make all frames to order and to measure for the intended customer, so that we eliminate stock wastage in both our production materials and our finished product. HERU is not yet available to download, but you can see it in action in any of our stores with our made-to-measure service links to stores. Check back soon to download the app. 

Have any questions or suggestions to help us become more sustainable? Send our team an email at redux@cubitts.com.